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The Final Four

I'm very happy with the results on American Idol this week. It's down to the Final Four (Crystal, Lee, Casey & Mike) now and basically these are the four that I think should be there. Although I truly believe Crystal is the best singer I would like to see Lee win. Crystal is simply brilliant. She doesn't need Idol to get her a recording deal. Casey and Mike are good but I believe Lee is better and has the most potential of the three to grow as a performer. Last year I was happy with the final two - they deserved to be there. This year I think I'll be satisfied with the results once again. BTW, great performance from Gaga last night :) She always seems to dazzle (take that Edward Cullen).

I still have yet to watch the Coppa Italia match between Inter and Roma. I heard it was a doozy...very physical, including a red card to Totti o_O. I must be sure to watch this on the weekend. That is the first of what I hope will be three titles for Inter this season. I wish it was Juve but alas, Forza Inter. I'm happy that Real Madrid is still in the competition for La Liga...what I'm not happy with is Gonzalo Higuain's performance of late. Yesterday, aside from his goal, he played arguably his worst game of the season. He couldn't pass, retain possession or, for the most part, score. Not sure what has gone wrong but I hope that late goal will snap him out of this funk. Gago was great...I just hope Maradona is taking note. 

Juan Vargas is injured and supposedly out for 2-3 weeks. This revelation puts my Juventus/Fiornentina match in peril. He was the one person I was actually expecting to see since pretty much everyone else that I like will be with their national teams. Who knows, maybe Vargas will recover by then but I'm not holding much hope.

Did I mention I received a 3.5% raise and a 1.5% cost of living increase? It takes effect on the next paycheque which I will be receiving on May 13th. I wonder how much I will be taking home net after all taxes? Oh well, any raise is a good thing. I still have to pay the govt for income tax for this year. Next year I expect to get $$ back for a change.

Tonight: shopping at Canadian Tire, pasta, yoga (hopefully), Vampire Diaries, Bones & Fringe. 
  • Current Location: my office
  • Current Mood: mellow mellow
  • Current Music: Whataya Want From Me - Adam Lambert
After watching Idol on Tuesday night I was shocked by how vitriolic the judges' comments were about Casey. I know that the sound in the studio is different from what we hear at home, and I really didn't think he sounded that bad. Crystal either. In fact, I felt that she really has star power and will definitely have a great career as a singer no matter what happens. As for Casey, I was impressed by his stage presence. This is something Casey and Crystal have that the others really don't. Yet the judges thought he looked 'awkward'. I didn't get it. Unless they were trying to influence the audience to get rid of him this week. Unfortunately for Aaron it didn't work.

This brings me to what I don't like about this show and was probably the reason I stopped watching it several seasons ago. It's that the fate of the contestants rests with the American mass audience. What are we talking about here? Not necessarily who is the best performer, but who garners the most votes overall. While this doesn't matter as much in the early stages, by the time it gets to the final four, it does. And the wrong person can remain standing at the end.

But I don't want to get all serious. Some of the performers who have not won in recent years (Adam Lambert?) have actually gone on to do better than the winners as far as careers go. I still enjoy watching the show for the music and the drama. And I love listening to the judges and comparing their views to my own. I'm definitely going to watch again next year. Another thing I've enjoyed is watching the celebrity performances on Wednesday nights. I agree that Lady Gaga was very entertaining.

I saw highlights of the Inter-Roma match last night on TV. It looked like a great match to watch. I'm sure FOXSW will show it again. Reminder to self: try and watch more Italian Lega Calcio next season!

Because I was watching my British team, Tottenham Hotspur, I missed most of the Real Madrid-Mallorca game yesterday. I, too, am puzzled by Gonzalo Higuain's performances (or lack of) lately. I'm really wondering about a possible transfer for him. Maybe all the talk of it has worn him down and it's affecting his play. Too bad. And yes...Gago has been wonderful. :)

This is what I don't really like about exhibition matches. All the players you want to see don't come! Real Madrid was an exception, except Sergio Ramos wasn't there! And River Plate of Argentina did not have ONE star who played...Diego Buonanotte remained on the bench. And Benfica did bring Javier Saviola, Angel di Maria and David Luiz, but I wanted to see Pablo Aimar and Oscar Cardozo and both were missing! I see that Benfica is coming back to Toronto on May 23rd to play against Panathanaikos (I think...it was a Greek team, anyway) but I don't really want to go, since I just forked out over $100 for the pair of tickets to see Seattle Sounders.

Congratulations on your raise! Every little bit helps, I'm sure.

I'm making pasta tonight as well. I've already put the salad together and in about an hour I'll make dinner. I hope you enjoy yours! :)

"This brings me to what I don't like about this show and was probably the reason I stopped watching it several seasons ago. It's that the fate of the contestants rests with the American mass audience. What are we talking about here? Not necessarily who is the best performer, but who garners the most votes overall. While this doesn't matter as much in the early stages, by the time it gets to the final four, it does. And the wrong person can remain standing at the end."

So very true. I remember when Chris Daughtry was on. IMO Daughtry was one of the very best performers to ever grace the Idol stage. How it was humanly possible for him to lose and not just come in second but finish in 4th is beyond me. I believe that was the same year Taylor Hicks won. Taylor Hicks? The viewing audience judges on a combination of personality, looks and talent and usually the wrong person wins. Last season the top two were, for once, the two people who most deserved to been there. I'm hoping this season winds up that way as well.

I was excited to hear Benfica was coming back to play Panathanaikos but when I heard the date I veto-ed seeing them. I had already spent my money on the Juventus/Fiorentina tickets. And now Manchester United are coming here as well. Not a huge fan of Man U but you never know who will be on the team by the time they come here in July.

The pasta was great. In fact, I'm having the leftovers right now. I hope your dinner was delicious as well.
Hahaha. The Taylor Hicks year was the last time I watched AI until now. I was so turned off. I totally agree with you about Chris Daughtry. It's good to see him doing well since the show.

Oh GOSH, I KNOW! I'm SO GLAD I didn't spend money on Benfica because right after that I found out about Man United! United are not my favourite team by any means but I always watch their games because they are so darn entertaining. And true...we will perhaps be pleasantly surprised by some new additions for next season. I WANT to go to that game! (Even though I'm saving for a trip to Amsterdam and Germany next spring.)

Mmm...yes. My pasta turned out well. I had recently bought a lovely herb planter from a fruit & vegetable market that is chock full of different things, so I loaded up the pasta sauce with several kinds of herbs and it turned out really well.